More or less a dubstep supergroup, London trio King Midas Sound ranks high within Hyperdub's hierarchy, sitting not far from the enviable positions that have been held by Burial, Zomby, and label boss Kode9 himself. It's probably the best way to go about justifying a remix album—or "album of reworks," as the PR would like it to be called—that arrives two years after its source material, but that could also be partially explained by the laundry list of top-shelf producers on Without You. And yet despite appearances from the likes of Mala, dBridge, Flying Lotus, Gang Gang Dance, and Cooly G, King Midas Sound's collection of Waiting for You remixes largely feels uneven and half-baked. Read more »
With the release of Chinoiseries Pt. 2 less than two weeks away, French producer Onra has offered up yet another track of his Southeast Asian-sampling hip-hop beats. The Asian influences on "No Matter What" are less pronounced than on his previous free download, "A New Dynasty," but nonetheless exhibit an impressive blend of diverse musical traditions.
20-year-old record label Force Inc. has announced its return after going on hiatus for over half a decade with the release of Marow's + - 0 [Plus Minus Null] (pictured above), a 14-track album full of glitchy, minimalist productions that hearken back to the imprint's earlier days. Read more »
On "Divine Lions," Vancouver native Buffalo Tide meanders across various themes—pairing syncopated rhythms with novel samples, like practically inaudible background chatter and car horns. The ambient-leaning track leads Buffalo Tide's four-song Arabia EP, which will be released on November 11 by UK collective and nascent record label BLBX. This track follows in the same vein as the producer's edit of Capac that we offered up this summer, which can also be streamed with the rest of the Arabia EP on Buffalo Tide's Soundcloud page, here.
Mysterious duo Tiger & Woods is set to drop another remix just weeks after leaking a free 15-song album full of its edit-intensive take on disco, house, funk, and soul, this time for German producer Read more »
In conjunction with the release of his new Let's Pretend EP (read our review here), Brooklyn-based DJ/producer Brenmar put together a mix of his signature high-energy, ghetto-fabulous club music. His penchants for old-school tunes and sultry R&B are marvelously combined with a Chicago flavor in the mix, which can be streamed and downloaded after the jump. Read more »
Netherlands-based producer Fedbymachines just released his debut this past August, a two-song EP on Warminal, and he's already back with six more tracks that make up an EP scheduled to drop via Broken Bubble. On last month's Undertow record, Fedbymachines lays down a bit of warm 2-step, chock full of ambient textures and distant vocal snippets. In all honesty, "Drowning" is a bit reminiscent of Burial, though with less attention on melody and drive and more of a focus on the lush, dreamy soundscapes that accompany his swinging rhythms.
The Beatport sales charts are often dominated by the latest international club smashes, but its vault of music runs deep and covers a wide variety of artists and sounds, which is why XLR8R was asked back in September to curate a special two-week series of Beatport charts by some of our favorite DJs and producers. Following the positive response to that initial run, we've been asked to extend the charts through the end of the year, which will now be presented on a weekly basis. Read more »
Easily the most breathtaking performance that took place at this year's Moogfest in Asheville, NC (read our wrap-up here) was the stadium-sized explosion of driving synth-pop that M83 unleashed on the final night of the festival. It was awe-inspiring, to say the least, and further went to solidify how much we love Anthony Gonzalez's latest double-LP, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, so we had to make sure to chat with the French-born producer while we had the chance. Read more »
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